The quality and amount of sleep you get can have a profound effect on your health. A common sleep disorder problem is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and effects millions of people.
An individual with OSA experiences times during sleep in which air cannot flow normally into the lungs. This condition is typically caused by the collapse of soft tissues in the back of the throat and tongue. The result can mean breathing may actually stop for short periods of time and can contribute to a number of health-related problems.
OSA is a potentially very serious health risk and should be checked out early.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is most commonly found in:
OSA can be very dangerous if left untreated. You can fall asleep while driving, develop high blood pressure and heart disease, have a stroke or even be at risk for early death.
Sleep Apnea can be effectively diagnosed and treated in a number of ways. The first thing to do is to get diagnosed by participating in a sleep study. This is conducted at a sleep center during an overnight stay.
During this process your breathing, heart rate, sleep state and oxygen levels will be monitored.
If you are diagnosed with OSA there are several treatment options based on the reasons for and severity of your problem. If, for example, your sleep apnea is due to being overweight, weight loss may cause the condition to completely go away. Other treatment actions might include:
At Texas Allergy and Breathing Centers, we will help you find the sleep solution that is right for you.